Church and civil society leaders in action plea ahead of Rio Summit

Church and civil society leaders in action plea ahead of Rio Summit

By staff writers
7 Jun 2012

Over 50 church and civil society leaders from all continents have called on world leaders to take decisive action for a sustainable and just world.

The joint statement comes ahead of the gathering of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development ‘Rio+20’ (Rio de Janeiro, 20-22 June 2012).

A delegation of church and civil society leaders, organised by the international alliance of Catholic development agencies CIDSE, will attend the Rio+20 talks demanding lasting changes to foster sustainable development and eradicate poverty.

“Our global system is unsustainable and unjust, but it would be a mistake to believe that slight compass adjustments will get us out of harm’s way. Instead, Rio+20 should take a new path towards equitable development and full respect of human rights, towards a truly human life for all human beings in harmony with creation,” CIDSE Secretary General Bernd Nilles commented.

* The full statement can be read here: http://www.cidse.org/content/publications/rethinking-development/sustain...

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